WBEA Human Exposure Monitoring
Since 2009, WBEA's the Human Exposure Monitoring Program (HEMP) has focused on monitoring, detecting and chemicallycharacterizing regional odours. The shift in program focus was a direct response to stakeholder and public concerns in the RMWB.
Since that time, HEMP has deployed specialized analyzers to detect and identify odour causing compounds in the regional air. In 2013, HEMP initiated a second program which permits volunteer participants in FortMcMurray to recognize, monitor and track odours. This program, the Community Odour Monitoring Project (COMP), is designed to gather data on the human perception of odours.
HEMP Committee Members, representing WBEA’s multi-stakeholder membership, set thestrategic direction of the program. The WBEA HEMP Program Manager and Field Technician manage day-to-day administration and technical work and oversee contracts. Member’s workshops are held to identify issues, concerns and knowledge gaps related toodours in the Wood Buffalo region, and to discuss HEMP data and define a path forward for odour measurement and management.
For more information, please contact HEMP Program Manager, Abena Twumasi-Smith